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Billionaire to fund alien-hunting mission

Posted on Sunday, 12 November, 2017 | Comment icon 31 comments

Could a private space mission find life on Enceladus ? Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Yuri Milner is looking to send a spacecraft to Enceladus to look for evidence of extraterrestrial life.
Spurred on by reports of a subterranean ocean of liquid water beneath the surface of Saturn's icy moon, the Russian billionaire is planning to send a robotic probe there within the next few years.

Describing Enceladus as 'the most promising candidate' for finding alien life in the solar system, Milner believes that an analysis of its water plumes could provide 'a smoking gun for life below the surface'.

"We formed a little workshop around this idea: Can we design a low-cost, privately funded mission to Enceladus which can be launched relatively soon, and that can look more thoroughly at those plumes, try to see what's going on there ?" he said during a recent conference in Seattle.

Milner's plans are particularly ambitious, not only due to the difficulty inherent in reaching Enceladus and collecting a sample but also because he hopes to accomplish all of this before NASA does.

He has described the endeavour as 'the first-ever privately-funded interplanetary science mission.'

Source: Russia Today | Comments (31)

Tags: Yuri Milner, Enceladus

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Comment icon #22 Posted by Amanda Evans on 12 November, 2017, 23:38
They arranged a "Little Workshop"... to discuss this? I love the understatement!!  
Comment icon #23 Posted by ChrLzs on 13 November, 2017, 0:15
Not only that, but often NASA does NOT actually even receive the data - they farm that out to the research institutions, sometimes even schools.  That vast majority of NASA incoming data is also able to be intercepted by anyone with a big enough antenna, including ham radio enthusiasts.  And yet, these supposedly 'knowledgable' folks can't offer up a single example of a file that has been tampered with. Exactly.  What's more, is that they generally vanish at this point, so they will *never* learn and *never* acknowledge that they are the ones spreading false information. I think it's time for ... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by Myles on 13 November, 2017, 19:31
This is good news.   I like when private citizens fund studies.  
Comment icon #25 Posted by Parsec on 13 November, 2017, 19:58
To be fair I think internet helped a lot with the diminishing of this kind of claims.  If you think about it, before internet's wide spread, gathering information was quite difficult, especially on specific and niche topics (such as UFOs).  People based their knowledge on hearsay, magazines and the lucky ones on conventions.  Even getting access to sound scientific research wasn't so straightforward.    Internet somehow removed Maya's veil and opened the gates to a new level of information. A bit like finding that Santa Claus doesn’t exist.    Sure, at the same time it helped spread nonsense a... [More]
Comment icon #26 Posted by badeskov on 13 November, 2017, 21:49
Hi Parsec, I agree with you to some extent. If one really wanted to educate oneself. True, it was more difficult. But with the internet also came the ability to spread all kinds of nonsensical claims easily without having to publish in a magazine or even a book.   No, agreed. But common sense and critical thinking should still be required. Indeed it did. Yes, if one wanted to accept that little gem as fact and not ignore the actual research to satisfy one's own beliefs. I frankly don't think they will, luckily. In my honest (and very personal) opinion the vast majority of the Earth population ... [More]
Comment icon #27 Posted by geraldnewfie on 18 November, 2017, 18:03
no see i know just by the way you said that comment that you are brainwashed thinking that the gov and nasa tells you the truth. time to open your eyes and mind my friend
Comment icon #28 Posted by seeder on 18 November, 2017, 18:27
  and it seems you have become convinced, without a shred of evidence,  that the gov and nasa tells us lies. so what does NASA lie about?  And what does the govt lie about? Remember, space, the moon, mars, are not NASA's property, there are many countries with space programs....and not all of them friendly to the US.
Comment icon #29 Posted by badeskov on 19 November, 2017, 0:12
So please explain, as asked, where NASA is not telling the truth. Naturally, you cannot I know.  Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #30 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 19 November, 2017, 1:11
So what about ESA, JAXA, ROSCOSMOS, ISRO, CNSA tec. ? Are they brainwashing us too ? Its amazing how often people forget, or simply don't know, that NASA is one of many space agencies. Actually the Soviets went into space before NASA even existed.
Comment icon #31 Posted by ChrLzs on 19 November, 2017, 21:38
Oh, the usual flounce, and lame excuses for running away.  What a surprise.  If you had even a single piece of decent evidence of the rubbish you are claiming, you would post it.  Your refusal means you have no such evidence and you are wasting this forum's time. If you are not here for discussion, then go away.  As you have ZERO evidence for your claims, then your claims are WORTHLESS and you have now withdrawn them.  Bye.

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